According to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, any veils making “identification difficult” would be banned in the island nation following an Easter attack by Islamist militants that left 253 people dead. The emergency law comes as groups of all faiths remain tense amid warnings of more attacks.
How many people will the new measure affect? While just under 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s population is Muslim, only a small minority are thought to wear the niqab or burqa, though the law did not ban any specific veils by name.
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